The annual meeting on blindness prevention and the optic sector’s scientific technology opened on December 11 to review the results of blindness prevention activities in Vietnam and devise measures for the coming years.
The meeting provided a good chance for ophthalmologic doctors at home and abroad to exchange experiences and announce the latest research projects. It attracted more than 600 doctors, surgeons and technicians of eyes centres and hospitals from 63 Vietnamese provinces and cities as well as international experts from France, the US, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines.
Participants listened to 10 reports, which evaluated and proposed solutions for key issues, including the plan and target for blindness prevention for 2020 and measures and experiences to reduce blindness rate in Nam Dinh, Hai Duong, Thai Binh, Da Nang, Binh Dinh and Mekong Delta region. They also discussed many other important issues, such as cataracts, glaucoma, refraction, eye trauma and cancer.
Apart from the meeting, there was exhibition to introduce advanced ophthalmologic achievements in Vietnam and the world. There was also a cultural exchange for doctors to promote solidarity with the national blindness prevention.
The congress will review its activities from the past five years, devise measures for the next term and appoint its executive board for the 2010-2001 term.
The VOA was established on November 11 1960 by Professor Nguyen Xuan Nguyen who was the first director of the Vietnam National Institute of Ophthalmology (VNIO).
Over the past five decades, the Vietnam eye sector have grown dynamically and trained many outstanding doctors, such as late Professor Nguyen Xuan Nguyen, Professor Nguyen Trong Nhan and late doctor Dang Thuy Tram.
Currently, the VOA is a member of the World Ophthalmology Association and the Asia-Pacific Blind Prevention Association and has established ties with many international organisations from the US, Japan, India, the UK, France, Thailand and Singapore.
On this occasion, the Association will present 24 individuals and 11 organisations that made outstanding achievements in blind prevention and eye care over the past five years, such as the VNIO, the Da Nang Eye Hospital, Ho Chi Minh City Ophthalmology Association, Hai Phong Eye Hospital, Binh Dinh Eye Hospital and Can Tho Eye Hospital.
The VOA and the Australian Fred Hollows Foundation (FHF) will be presented with the Friendship Orders by Vietnamese State. The Ministry of Health will also confer insignia for the cause of people’s health to doctor Huynh Tan Phuc who is the director of FHF in Vietnam for his contribution to the blind prevention in Vietnam.